Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum
Native: Europe, Cyprus, Mediterranean region
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: 3″–5″ ruffled, double blooms range from red, red striped, pink, pale rose, salmon, cream, and white to dark purple.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Late spring
Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date or as soon as soil can be worked; or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Only fall sowing is recommended.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″–10″